I know, I know. You're over it. Me too. I called my sisters and mother by 9am on the 26th, and we had all removed our holiday trees (ours now resides in the new banner above. Well, there, and in the middle of the yard where the kids continue to decorate it with bits they find). After the fabulously busy and fun holidays, then a week of 'nothing' (also known as 'slothing' around here), we're ready to move onto the cleaning, purging, organizing that January brings. I think I love it almost as much as the holidays themselves. BUT before I close up on the holidays, I want to bring you a wee bit more of the crafting that came with it this year, both by me and others. In three parts. Because it's January and I'm organized like that.
So, back to the crafted holidays for a minute. There was a bit of crafting for others - scarves, placemats, and other bits and bobs. But only a little, and none of it was photographed. The most important pieces on my crafting list were these capes, which alongside skis, were the only requested item for Solstice from my babes.
"Superhero Six" - a 'character' Calvin has been working on for a few months. He's been dictating exactly what kind of a cape Superhero Six would need - color, style, what should be on the back, etc. And being the critical lover of details that he is, I was hugely relieved when this was just what he envisioned. The best kind of crafting success.
"Jack Frost" - based on the version from one of our all-time favorite books, Ollie's Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow. My grandmother gave me a large bag of this fake fur this fall which I quickly regretted taking on (seriously. a large garbage bag. Um, where am I supposed to put that?), until Ez asked for a Jack Frost costume, thereby relieving me of my burdensome bag of fur. This cape is so cozy, I think I want one myself. And Ezra is pleased, as now he has full powers when wearing it to turn everything he touches to frost simply by breathing on it. Quite magic.
Adelaide's Red Riding Hood cape was the byproduct of one of those last minute 'letting go' of expectations, and didn't make it in time for the Solstice celebration. Onto the January list it goes!